Chromecast’s Cast Screen feature now supports the Samsung Galaxy Note 4


Slow and steady wins the race. The Cast Screen feature found in the Chromecast app is available to only select devices. As of late, Google has been adding support for new devices. It was most recently Sony that saw a slew of devices receive Cast Screen support. Now, another Samsung device gets the special treatment. The Galaxy Note 4 is compatible with the Cast Screen feature. This allows a user to mirror their device’s display to a television connected with a Chromecast.

Don’t have a Galaxy Note 4? Then just use your Tesco hudl2 or TrekStor SurfTab xintron i 7.0 for the Cast Screen feature. Because you definitely own one of them.

Source: Google Support
Via: Android Police

HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play edition set to get Lollipop update next week

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Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today tweeted that the Taiwanese company is preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Google Play edition models of the One M8 and M7 located in the United States as soon as next week.

All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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YouTube Android app updated with new music tab [Updated with APK download]

youtube-logo_9339Google’s YouTube app for Android has been updated, coinciding with the launch of their new music streaming service. The new update adds a new tab to the interface labeled “Music,” which gives you mixes based on your listening history and preferences. There are also playlist recommendations, ranging from pre-made playlists to personalized playlists based on your history. 

You can check out the updated app by downloading from the link past the break.

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Google Play launches page for Project Tango Development Kit


The release of the Project Tango tablet is near. A page for the Project Tango tablet is now live on Google Play. It features the 3D sensing device in black and white color options. A price is not attached and it “is not for sale at this time.” What we do know is that the Project Tango Development Kit will not have a warranty attached. Furthermore, Google will not allow returns or refunds after the item is ordered. So what you buy is what you get and that is final. The price is expected to be extremely high and only dedicated developers will be buyers of it.

Here are the specifications according to Google Play:

  • 7.02-inch 1920×1200 IPS display with Corning glass
  • 4 MP 2µm RGB-IR pixel sensor on the rear, 1 MP fixed focus with IR LED on the front
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor with 4GB of RAM
  • 128GGB internal storage
  • Andorid 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Dual stereo speakers

Source: Google Play
Via: 9to5Google

[APK Download] Google Cloud Print gets treated to Material Design


Continue building your Material Design portfolio by installing the new version of Google Cloud Print. The app looks completely different and follows the design guidelines laid out in Android 5.0 Lollipop. Everything is much cleaner and a slideout menu comes in from the left side. The functionality of Google Cloud Print remains the same. Since the app sits behind the scenes, do not expect to see anything appear in the app drawer.

Hit the break for download links.

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Hodor has a place in Google search


Fans of Game of Thrones have a new way to get a bit of the HBO hit show into their daily lives thanks to an update to Google search. When using the Google search app on Android or iOS devices, users can say “Hodor” and they will get a “HODOR!” response from the app. Even on desktop search, if voice search has been activated, Google will respond with an info card full of “Hodor.”

Along with the nod to Hodor, Google also added some new functions to search. You can ask Google to “roll a die” (dice will work as well) and the search results will give you the results of the roll. Thus far that function is limited to a single six-sided die. Google can also “flip a coin” in response to the command. Finally, if you need a romantic quote on short notice, you can ask Google for a love quote and get something appropriate.


source: CNET

Reminder: the Nexus 4 will get Android 5.0 Lollipop


A software update is rolling out to Nexus devices around the world, but Nexus 4 owners have yet to see anything. We are here to tell you not to worry. When Android 5.0 was introduced last month, Google employee Sascha Pruter made it clear that the Nexus 4 would receive the software update. He told owners of the device to relax and be prepared to enjoy Lollipop. So, folks, Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 4. It is just not known when. Considering how Google updated other Nexus devices at once, the Nexus 4 should not be too far behind.

Source: +Sascha Pruter

Auto Alliance’s new scheme will limit data that car manufacturers can collect from your vehicle

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Modern cars are essentially drivable computers. They allow us to listen to music, browse the web, watch TV and even control the configuration of our chosen mode of transport without having to visit a mechanic, but how do we know that all of our data is not being saved and secretly sent to advertisers and insurers? Well, we don’t. However, it looks like we might not have to ponder over that particular question for too much longer.

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